Sometimes referred to as daycare, nursery school or crèche, these early learning centres or childcare centres are usually run for profit by individuals, groups, or companies.
Many commercially operated and privately run centres take children from a young age (around six weeks old) and up to school age.
The centres are teacher-led - this means that parents do not stay and are not involved in the running of the programme.
Most centres have a high percentage of staff who are qualified and registered teachers within the minimum ratios for staffing.
Most centres are open all day with hours suitable for working parents.
Centres tend to open throughout the year and many do not close during school holidays.
Some centres offer extra services such as hot meals on site.
Charges at private and commercial ECE centres vary, but tend to be higher than community-based early childhood education centres and services.